Rethinking the Economic Slowdown Forecast

Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited

Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited | MyKCM

Recently, KCM (Keeping Current Matters) reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a recession will occur in 2019 or 2020 and that 42% of consumers currently looking to purchase a home also agree that a recession will occur this year or next.

However, the U.S. economy has performed well in the first quarter of 2019 and that has caused some experts to change their thinking on an impending economic slowdown.

Here are a few notable examples:

Anthony Chan, Chief Economist at JPMorgan Chase

“I feel really comfortable that the economy is slowing down this year, but not going into a recession… It doesn’t look, to me, like the odds of a recession in 2020 are there.”

Dean Baker, Senior Economist at the Center for Economic & Policy Research

 “To sum up the general picture, the U.S. economy is definitely weakening… However, with wages growing at a respectable pace, and job growth remaining healthy, we should see enough consumption demand to keep the economy moving forward. That means slower growth, but no recession.”

Lisa Shalett, Chief Investment Officer, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley

“I’m not convinced a recession is coming soon… I see an improving housing market (low rates help), a rebound in bank lending, a tight labor market, higher oil prices and well-behaved credit markets. All these point to a stable U.S. economic outlook.”

Bottom Line

We are seeing a stronger economy than many had predicted. That has caused some experts to push off the possibility of a recession further into the horizon.

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4 Ingredient Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars – yahoo!

Who’s looking for super easy, super quick, super good gluten free snack to satisfy your strongest sugar/salt craving?   I was at a luncheon the other day and these bite sized nuggets of goodness were served.   They certainly aren’t Reese’s peanutbutter cups 🙂  but I bet you could keep adapting the recipe to get them closer 🙂

Anyway, I seriously made a batch using one bowl, a whisk, a scraper, a pan, and a microwave.  Dreamy!  So here you go…

peanut butter bars

Four Ingredients:
Creamy peanut butter
You can definitely go with natural and unsalted peanut butters – but I haven’t gotten to that point of healthy treats yet 🙂
Honey or pure maple syrup
Gluten free rolled oats
Chocolate chips 

Directions for the bars:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey or syrup
1 1/4 gluten free oats

  1.  Line an 8 inch spare pan with parchment paper or wax paper.
  2.  In microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter and maple syrup/honey.  Blend together with a whisk.  Microwave in 30 second intervals and whisk in between until warm, smooth, and a little bubbly.
  3. Add the oats.  Combine until peanut butter mixture and oats are throughly blended.
  4. Pour oat mixture into the parchment lined pan and press until evenly dispersed.

Directions for the chocolate layer on top:
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

  1.  Wipe out that microwavable bowl and add remaining peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Stir together and again in 30 second increments, heat in microwave until mixture can be blended completely and is smooth.
  2. Pour over the oat mixture already in the pain and spread evenly.
  3. Place in freezer for 30 minutes or until firm on top.  Remove and slice into small bars – you may need to wait for them to thaw a bit to get a good cut.
**I HIGHLY recommend waiting for bars to come back to room temperature before eating.  They can be tough to chew when still frozen 🙂 These can be stored in the refrigerator or in covered containter but again, I think most enjoyable when not cold.
Enjoy!!! 🙂

April showings bring May closings

April showings bring May closings!  The Spring Market is here and our Kensington Real Estate office has some awesome Homes for sale.  Could one of these be right for you or anyone you know?

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528 Brown Avenue
Seekonk, MA
$459,900
2500sf
4 bedrooms,2full bathrooms
Central Air
.5 acre level lot

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ALL WEEKEND
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81 Avalon Drive
Attleboro, MA
$579,900
2500sf Colonial
3-4 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms
Built 2016, like new, upgrades!
.5 acre level lot
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44 Broadway
North Attleboro, MA
$397,000
1843 sf Ranch
3 bedroom, 2 full bath
Tons of character
Soughtafter spacious uptown location
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100 Benefit Street
Attleboro, MA
$321,000
1100sf Cape
2 bedroom, 1 full bath
Absolutely adorable
Walk to train!!
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177 Tremont St.
Rehoboth, MA
$499,900
3400sf Colonial
3 bedroom, 2 full bath
First floor master and in-law suite possibilties.
Unbelievably spacious and conveniently located!
Click here for listing details.


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ALL WEEKEND
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76 Ingall Lane
Attleboro, MA
$624,900
2600sf NEW Colonial
3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial
PLUS bonus room on second floor
Almost ready & just gorgeous!!
Click here for listing details

Don’t see what you are looking for?  Give a call 508-930-5259 or send an e-mail with your must-haves, your wishlist, desired towns, and price range.  We have more inventory that should be hitting the market soon.  If you’d like help with searching for your next home, know that happy endings are my specialty!

Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Beautiful Seekonk Colonial is Ready for New Owner!

 

528 Brown Ave Seekonk528 Brown Avenue
Seekonk, Massachusetts 02771
For Sale!
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If you have been waiting for a great home to call your own in Seekonk, the wait is over!  This lovingly maintained 2500sf Gambrel Colonial is located just minutes from Baker’s Corners in Seekonk and offers wonderful space and charm throughout.  Custom built with a few touches from the original home that was set on this lot, you will love the beautiful living room with wood stove on those cold fall and winters days (that hopefully we are behind us for now!).  The newly renovated kitchen with center island absolutely shines with all appliances included. A great sized family room with another fireplace and an entertainment sized dining room with sliders out to a deck and patio are perfect for sitting and taking a deep breath at the end of the day.  And, the level backyard offers tons of space for summer gardens and play.

528 Brown Ave, Seekonk
4 bedrooms
2 full bathrooms
2500 square feet
Central Air
Hardwood floors
Granite and stainless kitchen
Fully remodeled full bath and laundry upstairs
Great sized bedrooms
Spacious level lot

Are you a commuter looking to make your travels easier?  Then you will definitely appreciate that 528 Brown Ave is just 7 minutes to the South Attleboro MBTA train station and Rt 95.  Traveling north to Boston or south to Providence, this home is in the ideal location!  (As an added bonus, Market Basket is located in the same shopping plaza as the train so super convenient for picking up milk or the last minute makings for dinnner.)  Even getting to TF Green Airport for flights is a dream.

Stay tuned for the open house schedule but please feel free to call 508-930-5259 with any questions.  I have assured these sellers that I am going to find them great buyers to love this home as much as they did … could that be you?

Always a pleasure to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Assocate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
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20 Simple Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale

Spring has sprung and so has the real estate market!   Are you ready?

Below are 10 awesome tips for improving your home’s curb appeal and wowing buyers as soon as they pull up in front.  Think about immediately wanting them to get excited and feel like they just can’t wait to get inside!

And once they do enter, please don’t let them down 🙂  Create an atmosphere where they can feel comfortable – where they feel like they are already “Home”.   Read through the 10 simple tips below for transforming the interior of your house into a “Home” as well and you’ll see what a difference they can make in your sale!

preparing your home for sale

You only get one chance to make a first impression.  Make the most of it!  Once buyers are emotionally attached, there usually are few objections that can get in the way of them moving forward.  (And remember buyers who are emotionally attached are the ones to act the fastest and pay the most that they can.)

Let me know if you need suggestions or assistance in getting your property ready to sell.  It would be a pleasure to work with you on making your next move a success!  From Boston to Attleboro to Providence and beyond,  my team is ready to serve you throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

 

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
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You can own a home!!

Are you wondering if buying a home is a possibility for you?

Do you dream of personalizing a home to your own tastes and lifestyle?

Are you tired of paying your landlord’s mortgage and being limited their rules?

Being a first time home buyer is very exciting – and a little bit scary for some :), but I have an awesome team of experienced professionals who can help get you ready and guide you through the entire process.   I am just a call, an e-mail, or a click away to start your home search so let’s find time to chat about your needs, your wants, and your budget.  In the meantime, here are 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Homeownership come true…Making Your Dream of Homeownership a Reality

First Time Home Buyers are one of my specialties and I have many satisfied “first timers” who made it through the process.  Happy to make a connection if you’d like to talk with someone who has recently been through a complete transaction from searching on-line to getting their keys at the closing table.  And as they will all attest to, I have lots of stories to share from my vast experience in real estate over the past 20+ years 🙂  Every deal seems to have its own nuances these days, but be assured, I have a solid reputation in the real estate industry, I always have an eye on the big picture while working through the little details, and I am committed to the goals of my buyers and sellers.

 Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
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Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
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Coming soon to a neighborhood for you!

76 Ingall Lane Under ConstructionComing soon!!
Brigham Hill Estates
76 Ingall Lane, Attleboro
Offered at $624,900 

76 Ingall Lane in Attleboro is well underway on the sought after and last remaining cul-de-sac lot of Phase II in Brigham Hill Estates.  Are you ready?  Because this one could be ready in April!

Surrounded by other amazing custom homes, 76 Ingall Lane is a  2600sf, 3BR, 2.5BA Colonial and will once again offer incredible style and the superior quality that all of our buyers have grown to expect (along with many of the Attleboro area’s best realtors who bring clients back again and again).

Side porch and full walk out basement76 Ingall Lane boasts amazing space for everyone. The main living level features a gourmet kitchen with huge island and open floor plan to dining area and spacious family room with fireplace & built-ins, a formal dining room, a butlers pantry, and a stylish mudroom.  Upstairs enjoy a luxurious master suite, two additional great sized bedrooms, plus a bonus room above the garage for an office, playroom, nursery, hobby room, or just a you-room.  Need more space? You will love the full walk out basement with tons of full sized windows & light, rough plumbing for a future bath, and unbelievable possibilities!!!

Do you enjoy sunsets? Fresh air?  Relaxing and playing in a your yard?  This home sits on a 20,000sf lot that is fairly shallow as you can see from the pictures, but don’t worry!  The charming covered deck off of the kitchen,  beautiful views of greenspace, huge side yard, woods for privacy in the back of the house totally make up for that!

(Stay tuned for more photos as the interior of this home progresses… it is going to be amazing!)

Brigham Hill Estates in AttleboroBrigham Hill Estates has become the destination for buyers searching for high end new construction in an established subdivision of luxury homes.  Whether traveling to the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut by car,  flying out of TF Green or Logan Airport for work and leisure,  or jumping on a train to get into Boston, Brigham Hill Estates is the perfect location to call Home.

Once our homes near completion, they do not last long on the market!  Give a call 508-930-5259 and let’s set up a time to take a tour and talk about how we can make your dream home a reality.

Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
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5 Reasons Homeowners Throw Better Super Bowl Parties!

Homeowners really do throw better Super Bowl Parties!

While your appetizers are in the oven and the beer is chilling,  check out a sampling of some of our great housing inventory below …

Now’s the time to find your new home for Super Bowl LIV in 2020!

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Brand NEW upscale custom Townhouses, luxury new construction, turn-key Colonials, commercial property, two-family investment property, and more!  We have something for everyone.  And if you don’t see it in our listing inventory, we can certainly find it for you.  Anything here interest you?

duplex style townhouses OUR NEWEST PROJECT!
Tiffany Street Townhomes
537 Tiffany Street & 539 Tiffany Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Custom NEW Townhouses (all end units)
$374,900

 

new construction Lot 322 Pass Farm Lane
Attleboro, MA 02703
Brigham Hill Estates
Custom New Construction
Prices starting in the $600’s
Gorgeous Ranches and Colonials all built to your specifications.  It doesn’t get better than this!

171 North Ave 171 North Avenue
Attleboro, MA 02703
New Price! $449,900
Solid 3 bedroom, 2 full bath Ranch.
Meticulously maintained!!

81 Avalon Drive 81 Avalon Drive
Attleboro, MA 02703
$579,900
Stunning 3-4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial
Built 2016
Absolutely still shows like a Model Home!

102 High Street

102 High Street
North Attleboro, MA 02760
NOW $400,000!
Beautiful 2-Family Home
Each unit 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
Heart of North Attleboro

463 Washington Street Commercial463 Washington Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
$600,000
1.79 Commercial Land
Awesome Rt 1 location
High visibility and close to Rt 95

If you are serious about buying , we are serious about finding you a home!   No matter whether you’d like to buy now  or you are beginning the process, give a call 508-930-5259. We’d love to get you started with your next move!

Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
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81 Avalon Drive – You Deserve It!!

 

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81 Avalon Drive in Attleboro, Massachusetts

Proudly offered at $579,900

Tucked away in Avalon Estates, one of Attleboro Massachusetts’ newer subdivisions, this gorgeous 2016 Parsons Colonial  is just minutes to walking trails, LaSalette Shrine, famous Brigg’s Pizza, major routes for commuting to Boston or Providence, and Attleboro’s city center featuring the MBTA train station, shopping, restaurants, the YMCA, library, and more!

If you are ready to buy, the sellers are ready to sell!

Click here for the interactive self-guided virtual tour.   This virtual tour allows you to view every detail of the home – move forward/backward, up/down, and spin around.  Such an amazing technology that allows you to get a very real picture of layout and floor plans.  You’ll quickly discover why this home is a must see!

Home Features:

  • Built 2016
  • 2500+square foot Parsons Colonial
  • 3-4 bedrooms
  • 2.5 bathrooms
  • 2 car garage
  • .46 acres
  • full dry basement with new carpeting
  • professionally landscaped and hardscaped
  • irrigation front and back
  • Solar energy system owned and purchased outright (NOT LEASED)
  • SREC credit of estimated at $1200-$1500/year for next 8 years
  • owners have had no electric bill since March 2018
  • central air conditioning
  • energy efficient natural gas heat
  • on-demand tankless water heater
  • wired for generator
  • 200amp electric

This stunning home still shines with Model Home “Wow” and is truly ready for any buyer to just move right in and enjoy!   An awesome option for buyers looking for beautiful new construction that don’t have the time to wait (or don’t want to wait 🙂 ).  If you are a relocation buyer looking for a home to settle into while you start your new job, this is it!  You’ll love the floor plan, the finishes, and the fact  that the current home owners have impeccably maintained 81 Avalon Drive and only improved it with very thoughtful upgrades since taking ownership two years ago.   (A note on the listing history:  we had been under contract with buyers who absolutely loved the house and had the cleanest home inspection I have ever witnessed.  Unfortunately, they were not able to sell their current home so we are back on the market.)

The sellers are ready to go find their next home as soon as they have 81 Avalon Drive under agreement again.  If you are ready to buy, they are ready to sell!  We are off of MLS through the winter holidays, however very much still “available” and listed For Sale at $579,900.   Very easy to show with a little notice – just give me a call at 508-930-5259 or send an e-mail to jen.mcmorran@gmail.com.   This home is an absolute pleasure to show and would be an amazing property to call Home.

Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
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Classic Buffalo Wing Recipe to Bring Home the Win!

I’m not just a Realtor who is good at finding houses 🙂  I also love finding the perfect recipes for the foods we love best.   If you are looking for the perfect chicken wing recipe, I assure you, this classic will bring home the win every time!

Best Homemade WingsWe pretty much will eat anything that has been “Buffalo-ized” in our house. Chicken, shrimp, mac & cheese, pizza, egg rolls, dips, calamari, French fries, baked potatoes  … we’ve done it all!   So thankful to have discovered this recipe as we now routinely come back to these classic wings  based on the original Anchor Bar recipe from Buffalo, NY. (It’s been a long time since I ate wings in Buffalo, NY , but we make these at least once a week and now prefer them to ordering out in our area!)

About 3 lbs of chicken wings (you can buy the wingettes already set to go, or buy whole wings cut them apart at the joint)
1 Tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
1 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (increase slightly for hotter wings)
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Tabasco sauce (increase slightly for hotter wings)
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tablespoons Frank’s hot sauce
6 Tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

1. Toss wings in a bowl with oil and salt. In large zip lock bag, add flour. Add wings to ziplock with flour and shake until evenly coated.

2. Line cookie sheet with foil and oil (I usually use about 1 Tablespoon of peanut oil for added flavor and evenly coat the foil by spreading it around with my fingers. Make sure it is all covered so wings don’t stick.)

3. Take wings out of bag, shake off extra flour, and place on cookie sheets. Do not crowd them so they bake evenly. Place on bottom rack of oven and bake for 20 minutes at 425. Then flip and bake for another 20 minutes, or until wings are cooked through.

4. Time to make your sauce… in sauce pan combine white vinegar, cayenne, garlic powder, Worcestershire, tabasco, salt, Frank’s hot sauce, and butter. Cook on low heat until blended then let turn off heat and let sit (Go low and slow with the heat when cooking the sauce.  If you cook on too high of a heat, the butter will separate from the sauce.)

5. Once wings are done cooking, place in large mixing bowl. (I try to stack them up on the edges of the bowl so when I pour the sauce in, it is a little easier to evenly coat the wings.) Gently toss with wooden spoon or spatula (don’t get too “rough” with them, you don’t want them to lose any of their crispy coating goodness).

6. Serve with blue cheese and celery. Enjoy!!

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
Senior Real Estate Specialist
First Time Home Buyer/Seller Specialist
New Construction Specialist
Licensed in MA & RI
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